Bringing Nature Home, Updated and Expanded

How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants
Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
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As development and subsequent habitat destruction accelerate, there are increasing pressures on wildlife populations. But there is an important and simple step toward reversing this alarming trend: Everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity. 

There is an unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife - native insects cannot, or will not, eat alien plants. When native plants disappear, the insects disappear, impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals. In many parts of the world, habitat destruction has been so extensive that local wildlife is in crisis and may be headed toward extinction.

Bringing Nature Home has sparked a national conversation about the link between healthy local ecosystems and human well-being, and this audio edition will help broaden the movement. By acting on Douglas Tallamy's practical recommendations, everyone can make a difference. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2007 Douglas W. Tallamy (P)2019 Tantor

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Life changing

I found this book to be life changing. I ripped most plants out (except mature trees) and we are going with all natives. A lot of species noted are from the East, however he does provides a website where you can search for native plants in your area. The website indicates which plants are most valuable to wildlife.

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Valuable information in today's world.

Full of information on things we can all do to help our environment, there planet and all living species, us included.

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Inspiring and Informational

I had read the first edition in its print form, and this was a great review that included some new information. I plan to incorporate even more native plants into my small urban garden.

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A Moral Guide to Gardening

Written in a down to earth style by person who really knows what he's talking about. Bought the book after listening so that I could congitate over the ideas presented . I think of it as a prequel to his latest book.

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massively underrated

what a way to spread knowledge what an idea why don't we all build a garden off good choices and repair what we have broken

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Excellent Information

I bought this on audible first. Once I realized how much information it contained, I had to buy the book, and have already referenced it many times. Thank you!

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Mind Grown.

Some parts were heavily scientific yet mixed with fun narratives to keep the book moving and the beautiful message clear. A great reminder that we are all in a place to make a difference, large or small, in creating landscapes that are beneficial to our environment.

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so worth it

This book literally makes you look at the world differently. Having set out to convince America of the importance of native plants, the author not only convinced this non gardener to take a second look at my yard and the plants I let grow wild, it gives direct advice on how and what to plant and, most importantly, why.

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Changed the way I live and work

When this simple, true idea (native plants raise native insects, then raise native birds, which --together with the other native organisms-- form a biodiverse system of life support for all of us), I completely transformed my own property into native habitat. Then I found that I was approaching the biology classes that I teach with even more fire and drive. These ideas are more than just good concepts; they can become your ikigai. This book changed my life, but that's nothing at all. This book and the ideas that come from it can change, and indeed save the living world.

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I don’t think the author knew who his audience would be

If a person really wants to use this book, a print version would be necessary to be able to research the plants. As far an audio book, pointless. If you enjoy listening to Latin and have no background in the Latin, you will love this book. If you don’t enjoy listening to the endless lists of Latin words be read...then you may prefer the book version. This book could have been better. It is good to understand what the author is explaining about the need for yards that support native plants which supports wildlife: bugs that get eaten by birds, bats and on up the food chain. BUT he is so impractical, that I felt like throwing up my hands and say, “ I give up!”. I think he wrote this book for landscape designers. Not the average homeowner.

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